In Wisconsin, as in most states, a drunk driving offense carries strict penalties. Penalties for a first-time OWI may include driver's license revocation, mandatory alcohol education or treatment, fines and even time behind bars. Sadly, a drunk driving conviction can have a lasting impact on an individual's life, and, as the number of drunk driving convictions increase, the penalties become more severe.
Those accused and convicted of drunk driving may be subjected to life-long consequences. In Wisconsin, a defendant convicted for a first Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offense faces stringent penalties including a fine, license revocation, mandatory alcohol assessment along with education or treatment and more. For multiple offenses, a defendant faces even greater consequences, which include those mentioned above, mandatory prison sentences and significant fines. A Wisconsin man faces these serious penalties after his arrest for his alleged seventh OWI offense.
In Wisconsin, an individual whose blood-alcohol concentration is above 0.08 will be considered legally intoxicated for purposes of driving. When an individual is charged with an OWI or some other drunk driving offense, he or she is likely to face harsh penalties if convicted. These penalties may include fines, jail time, revocation of a driver's license and insurance increases.
Maybe you have a few social drinks after work with friends, or maybe a beer or two before heading to a party. After drinking what seems like a small amount, many individuals still feel competent to drive. But while that may be the feeling, there is no denying that sometimes the decision to drive results in the surprising revelation that a person's blood-alcohol content may have been over .08 percent.
Witnesses say a Greenfield man's SUV crashed into a parked car recently in West Allis. Apparently, the 42-year-old continued driving after the collision, prompting a witness to flag down a police officer. The SUV driver was later arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. If convicted, it would be his fourth OWI since 1993, and that means he could face up to roughly seven years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
Most people would agree that this year's winter in Wisconsin was relatively mild. But one man from Oshkosh may have a different opinion.
A number of factors can affect which kind of DUI charge a prosecutor will choose to file against any Wisconsin resident is who accused of drunk driving. One factor is whether or not an accused individual has ever been convicted of OWI or DUI before. If a person has previous convictions, he or she could face increasingly severe consequences if the court decides to convict again. That is why a strong DUI defense is necessary to ensuring that all of the circumstances of an arrest are considered and that the rights of the accused are fully protected in court.
Readers in the Milwaukee area may know that Wisconsin has specific laws pertaining to drunken driving with a child in the vehicle. A conviction on such a charge can potentially result in jail time and significant fines. However, just because a person consumes an alcoholic beverage and then drives a vehicle does not mean that person is necessarily drunk, and in such a case, it is highly important that the rights of the accused are maintained through a strong criminal defense.
Can half a can of beer alone make someone's blood-alcohol content exceed the legal limit? Not likely. But that is what a criminal complaint in Milwaukee alleges against a woman who not only has suffered the loss of her young daughter; she is also accused of DUI in connection with her daughter's death.
The holiday season in Wisconsin can be wonderful. It is a time for families to get together, celebrate and enjoy the closeness of loving relationships. However, the holidays can also be a time for increased police activity, as authorities seek to prosecute drivers who may have had too much to drink. Indeed, Wisconsin arrests for OWI are often considerably high during the holiday season.One alleged OWI incident recently occurred when a 52-year-old Wisconsin man reportedly crashed into a Christmas parade float that was carrying several children. The man now faces felony drunk driving charges. According to a county sheriff's department, the man fled the scene after the accident. He was later stopped about a block away by witnesses who detained him until police arrived. According to reports, no one was injured during the incident.